To stay fit and healthy you must always be physically active. Physical activity helps you protect yourself from serious illness like obesity, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Physical activity can reduce your risk of health problems. This is one of the best ways.
Cycling is a healthy, low impact exercise. Cycling can be enjoyed by everyone, from the youngest to the oldest. It is fun, environmentally friendly and cheaper that other workouts.
The health benefits of regular cycling
Cycling is called an aerobic activity — that is, your heart, blood vessels, and lungs are all practicing simultaneously. As you breathe deeply, your body temperature will also rise. This will enhance your overall fitness level.
The health benefits of regular cycling include:
Increased cardiovascular fitness
Increases muscle strength and flexibility
Advanced joint mobility
Stress levels decrease.
Enhanced posture and coordination.
Decreasing body fat levels
Prevention or management of diseases
Reduces anxiety and depression
Cycling improves mental health
A study by the YMCA found that people who are physically active are 32% more likely to be active than inactive people.
Ways to boost your mood with exercise:
The basic release of adrenaline and endorphins and the improved confidence you get by learning new things.
Cycling combines physical exercise
with an outdoor activity and exploring new scenarios. You can ride it alone or with a group that extends the social circle. This gives you time to process your worries or concerns.
Former Hour record holder Graeme Obree says that “getting out and about riding will helping who suffers with stress. I don’t know where I would be without cycling”.
A sharper mind
If you’re accustomed to going to work on the bike, you will be quicker on the weekend. 30 minutes of exercise daily increases energy and reduces fatigue, and it has been found that reaction time, memory and creative thinking improves.
Corey Kunzer, a physical therapist and supervisor for the Mayo Clinic’s sports medicine department, says “the most important of the exercises I recommend is cycling. She also says it’s easy on the joints and helps to reduce stress”. Cycling has also been found to reduce anxiety and depression. A questionnaire was given to men who make daily bike trips and found that their overall mental health improved.
Cycling regularly will give you a little rest to think about what you eat, thus maintaining your body weight. Researchers at the University of Bath conducted a study among two men’s groups. One group exercised daily despite consuming foods with the same amount of surplus calories. Daily exercise could compensate for the adverse effects of excessive diet such as blood sugar spikes and unhealthy metabolism.
Dylan Thomas, professor of the University of Bath’s health sciences and author of the study says that “the reason why daily exercise is so effective is because it allows your muscles to act as a ‘buffer’ for the food we eat”. They break down carbohydrates and fat stores when you use your muscles during your cycling. So even a short ride to your office, like a quick trip, can help keep your body in a better place and active throughout the day.